Please join us for a two-day conference exploring the role of oral history in documenting, disseminating and educating students and the public about the central events and concerns of our times — such as the rule of law in America and impact of U.S. detention and rendition policies over the last decade.
Free, public lunchtime workshops: Oral History and Psychotherapy, Designing Oral History Projects, and Stories Beyond Digital Tools. Register here to reserve a spot!
2-4PM Plenary: Oral History Dialogues, with introductory remarks on oral history and interdisciplinarity by Peter Bearman.
Intersubjectivity in Oral
History, Social Work, and Psychology
OHMA alum Lauren Taylor’s work on her thesis, “Older Women Look Back on Romantic Love: Nostalgia, Idealization, and Imagination,” grew from a complicated intersubjective process in which her own experiences of aging and romantic love fed and shaped her research. In this conversation Taylor, a psychiatric social worker and adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Social work, will discuss how intersubjectivity is conceptualized in oral history, social work, and psychology with Columbia Center for Oral History Director Mary Marshall Clark.
- Oral History, Environmental Studies, and Community
Shanna Farrell's OHMA thesis work, "At the Bend: Voices from the Hudson River," focused on how water pollution has, or has not, affected people living along the Hudson. This work was presented as an interactive exhibition at Ossining Public Library in Westchester, New York. In conversation with anthropologist Robin Nagle, Farrell will discuss how oral history is able to add layers of depth and understanding to environmental studies and provide new or alternative perspectives on the intersection of community and environmental degradation.
- Oral History, Art Criticism, and Contested Memory
In conversation with Art Historian and Director of Programs at the Judd Foundation Michele Saliola, OHMA alum Jeanmarie Theobalds will discuss what role oral history played in the restoration of 101 Spring Street, a historic 1870 cast-iron building and the former home and studio of artist Donald Judd (1928-1994) and how they are using oral history in the public programing when 101 Spring Street opens. Using this case, they will discuss how oral history and art criticism deal with the complexities of contested memory and make meaning around art.
4:30-6PM Multimedia Oral History Showcase and Reception
Please join us for this multimedia showcase of current Oral History MA student thesis work in video, audio, online and edible forms. Celebrate OHMA's 5th Anniversary and our graduating students with us at a wine and cheese reception while exploring our students' work via interactive stations.
Reem Aboukhater, Pursuing Happiness in Urban Society
Nicki Pombier-Berger, About Us.
Ellen Brooks, Stories of the Skin
Sewon Chung, Listening to Central Park North: An Interactive Oral History Mapping Project
Ellen Coon, Mha Puja
Hana Crawford, How I Learned to Act: An Oral History of Social Performance
Erica Fugger, Sangha Stories: Tales of Engaged Buddhism from the Upper West Side
Miriam Laytner, Brooklyn Storytellers
Kyana Moghadam, A Country Between
Sam Robson, Conversations with Very Forgetful People
Maye Saephanh, A Guerilla's Journey
Elisabeth Sydor, I. Love. America.
Sara Wolcott, Apagie Musha Oral History Project
Support generously provided by the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Endowment.